I love this gravy with venison sausages, but it’s perfect if you just fancy gravy with your chops or steak. It is really easy and takes about 10 minutes to make.

Red onion gravy, yorkshire pudding (6)


  • A heavy based saucepan
  • A wooden spoon

INGREDIENTS:     to make enough for 4 people

  • 2 large red onions – don’t worry of you only have ordinary onions; they’re fine too – finely sliced
  • A large sprig of fresh thyme, finely chopped
  • 1 heaped teaspoon of plain flour
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • a knob of butter
  • half a glass of red wine
  • About 1/2 a pint of vegetable stock, or water


  • Heat the oil and butter and when hot, add the onions and stir well.
  • Reduce the heat, put the lid on and allow to cook for about 5 mins until the onions are soft, stirring occasionally.
  • Add the chopped thyme and stir it in
  • Turn up the heat slightly, and add the flour.

Red onion gravy, yorkshire pudding (7)

  • Using quick movements stir and move the onions about until the flour is absorbed.
  • Allow to cook, still stirring, for about 1 minute, then add the wine. Allow to bubble up and reduce. The gravy will start to thicken at this stage, so keep it moving all the time.
  • add the stock, and stir well to combine
  • Reduce the heat so that the gravy does not bubble too vigorously.
  • Check that the consistency is correct, if it is too thick, add a little water, if it is too thin, allow to reduce for a little longer
  • Check the seasoning, and add salt and pepper as needed.
  • This gravy can be made ahead of time, and reheated when needed


Red onion gravy, yorkshire pudding (15)



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